Perfect start not good enough for St. Mary's

Ohio State riding high after upset of Maryland

Women's notebook

College Lacrosse

April 04, 2002|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Opening the season 10-0 might have a lot of athletes feeling pretty cocky. Not St. Mary's women's lacrosse players.

The Seahawks, ranked No. 5 in Division III, are confident and optimistic, but their enthusiasm is tempered by memories of last season.

After starting 9-0, the Seahawks dropped three straight games, including a 15-7 loss to Mary Washington in the Capital Athletic Conference tournament semifinal. They made the NCAA tournament, but fell 9-8 to Ithaca in the first round.

"One of the main reasons we've been working so hard is that we know how it felt to be that good and then lose it at the end of the season," said goalie Jen Chumley, a Bel Air graduate. "This year, we really want to win. We want to be the best we can be."

Chumley, a regional All-American last year as a freshman, has been one of the big reasons the Seahawks are unbeaten. She has allowed just 5.4 goals per game and has a .658 save percentage.

She isn't the only Baltimore-area player to have a key role. Kathy Holmes, a two-time All-America midfielder also from Bel Air, broke the all-time assists record with 60, topping the mark of 58 set by Gia Trionfo (Loch Raven).

Meg McFall (Broadneck) leads the team in scoring with 38 goals and three assists followed by Kate Story (Mount Hebron) with 23 goals and 14 assists, Sarah Sloane (St. Paul's) with 20 goals and 12 assists, Carol Schmoeller (Catonsville) with 19 goals and 14 assists and Holmes with 18 and 13.

Defensively, coach Rob Bray Jr.'s Seahawks rely on Jane Romano, Mia Oliver and Jenn Nordling (South Carroll).

Bucking the system

Ohio State's women's lacrosse program is showing remarkable maturity for a 7-year-old.

The Buckeyes certainly came of age Sunday when they upset seven-time defending national champion Maryland, 12-11, at Ludwig Field. The win boosted the Buckeyes (7-1) to their highest ranking ever - No. 13 in the latest coaches poll.

"We've tried to get better every year and this year, we felt we had the potential to make an impact on the lacrosse world," said Buckeyes coach Sue Stimmel. "I know Maryland is down a little bit this year, not to take anything away from them, but to beat a storied team like that, a traditionally strong, powerhouse team that everyone wants to be like - that's just amazing for such a young program."

The Buckeyes, who never had a Top 20 ranking until this season, know that the win over Maryland instantly changed the way other teams perceive them.

"Before, we were the team that didn't have anything to lose," said junior attacker Tracey Bounds, a Mount Hebron graduate and one of 10 Baltimore-area players on the team.

Bounds is tied for the team lead with 30 points. Megan Mirick also has 30 and leads the team with 26 goals.

The Buckeyes will be back in town Saturday for an 11 a.m. game against America Lacrosse Conference rival and No. 17 Johns Hopkins at Homewood Field.

Tidbits

The Sun's 2001 All-Metro Player of the Year Kelsey Twist (Roland Park) leads Stanford in all scoring categories - 16 goals, seven assists and 23 points. She had three goals and three assists in a 15-10 loss to No. 10 Vanderbilt a week ago.

Virginia's Lauren Aumiller, the 1999 All-Metro Player of the Year from Notre Dame Prep, became only the third Cavalier in school history to accumulate six or more goals in back-to-back games. She scored six against Temple and had six goals and two assists against UMBC last week.

Boston University's Ericka Hergenroeder (Severna Park) scored her 100th career point last week and earned America East Player of the Week honors after scoring three goals in an 11-9 loss to No. 13 Yale.

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